Cyclist injured north of Marion after being hit by vehicle

Police: Driver cited for following too close

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MARION — A cyclist was injured Friday morning after being hit by a vehicle north of Marion.

According to the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, deputies — along with the Marion Fire Department and Area Ambulance Service — responded to Alburnett Road just south of County Home Road at 5:46 a.m. for a cyclist that had been hit by a vehicle.

Authorities said Nicholas J. Lowe, 28, of Marion, was northbound on Alburnett Road when his vehicle hit one of two cyclists that were ahead of him when he failed to see them. The cyclist hit, Louie R. Ervin II, 45, of Robins, was taken to UnityPoint-St. Luke’s Hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries, according to authorities. Lowe was not injured, authorities said. Ervin was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

Lowe has been cited for following too close and the crash remains under investigation.

l Comments: (319) 398-8238; lee.hermiston@thegazette.com

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